How to Protect Your Wayne County Home From Water Damage
Do you have any water damage to your walls or ceiling? Contact SERVPRO of Romulus, we will help guide you through the restoration process.
A growing number of homeowners are filing water damage claims every year. And even before that growth, water damage claims were the most common type homeowners filed.
Did you, a family member or friend have to file one of these claims last year? If so, that claim was one of literally millions that were filed.
Statistics from homeowners insurance companies note that the number of fire damage claims are dropping.. At the same time, homeowners are filing more and more water damage claims.
Like many Wayne County homeowners, you may not be clear about when you need professional help to clean up the aftermath of a leak and when you can do it yourself. Many homeowners have the tools ready to handle a minor leak (like a mop and bucket), but more serious leaks call for professionals to do remediation work to prevent property damage.
What to Look for When Evaluating Water Damage
You might notice these signs when you’re dealing with water damage that requires professional remediation service:
You can smell the beginnings of mold. Does your home have a musty odor? The smell is one of the first signs you’ll notice when water has done serious damage to your home. If you notice a peculiar odor, you’ll want to schedule a professional evaluation.
Your floorboards or furniture are starting to warp.Many people don’t realize that wood will become warped and misshapen within a few days of a water event. That’s why it’s important to call in restoration technicians as soon as you notice it.
You see changes to your windows or walls. Like your floors, your window panes and walls can start to warp if the water damage is severe enough. Depending on how severe your water issues are, this can be a sign of a major problem.
If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.
Virtual CE Class Available
Join us on Wednesday, February 17, 2020 as we will host a series of two Continuing Education Classes for insurance professionals and property managers virtually. The courses will be held using WebEx. Please note that even though the class is being held in a “virtual classroom,” specific state guidelines must still be met in order for you receive Continuing Education credit. On the day of the class, we will need to confirm your identity, collect your Insurance License # / National Producer Number (NPN), and document your “time in” and “time out” of the classroom. This REQUIRES that you have a WebEx account and are using a device that has a camera and a microphone.
This is a free class. Please RSVP to Meghan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will offer the following classes:
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Course #74256 - 2 Credit Hours
This course is designed to assist you in understanding the processes that are involved in cleaning homes and buildings that are or may be contaminated with viruses and blood borne pathogens. This course also discusses appropriate ways to communicate with customers who have recently dealt with the traumatic event that has caused this contamination.
Deodorization of Malodors
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Course #76895- 2 Credit Hours
This course has been specifically designed to explain the special procedures used by professionals when deodorizing malodors. The purpose of the course is to provide you with a better understanding of situations when odor control technicians are tasked with removing bad odor. We’ll talk about how a restorer might respond to some common odor situations. You will learn remediation processes that can help control the cost if performed in a timely manner. This course will help you better understand what your client is going through when deodorizing of malodors is necessary.
- ONLY 20 SPOTS AVAILABLE AND MUST ATTEND BOTH CLASSES. REGISTER NOW!
- 100% ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT!
- MUST USE SMART PHONE OR COMPUTER TO ACCESS WEBEX
Protect Your Pipes from Cold Weather
After 2020, we have learned to be prepared for the unexpected. With that being said, we need to prepare our homes for the cold winter months, because you never know what 2021 could bring. It is important to take the proper steps now to protect our homes from busted pipes and prevent the stress associated with a major water loss.
Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold.
Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:
- Outdoor hose bibs
- Swimming pool supply lines
- Water sprinkler lines
Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:
- Crawl spaces
Prevent Frozen Pipes Tips:
- Keep water faucets running with a slow drip
- Keep garage door closed
- Keep thermostat set to the same temperature morning and night
- Leave the cabinet doors open near pipes
- Unhook the hose from outside the house
- Install heat tape
- Seal leaks to prevent cold air from entering your home
- Check the temperature in the house to ensure there is enough heat on those colder days
If your pipes do freeze or burst, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO of Romulus have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather. Call 734-992-3138!
We're Right Here to Help Romulus Residents Overcome Fire Damage
If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of Romulus to fully restore your home.
If you’re a resident of Romulus, Taylor or Wayne, there’s a team of local experts who are right here to help you and your family if your home suffers fire damage. We’re prepared to help you remediate and repair in the aftermath of a fire.
House fires are common in the United States—something millions of Americans will deal with over the next year. And that number likely includes members of the community here.
Why Your Risk Is Higher During the Winter
Fires can happen at any time. But they’re more common during the colder winter months—especially in places like Michigan, where residents may need to use furnaces, space heaters and more to heat their homes.
Space heaters without automatic shutoff functions can topple over. Candles left burning can fall over if a family member or guest knocks on the wrong table.
Kitchen fires happen more often, as many home chefs are creating special treats for the holidays. Christmas tree accidents cause numerous fires every year.
Broken furnaces and issues with appliances also happen sometimes.
How We’re Different
Want to know why so many families trust us in the community? Here’s what makes us different:
We can do the job from start to finish. House fires can damage upholstery, walls and more. Issues resulting from water and smoke are common problems, too. We have the tools and resources to remediate these issues. We’ll make the damage "Like it never even happened."
We have a restoration first mentality. Our team helps families recover from a fire in a way that’s both logical and economical. Experts are there at every step. We’ll help you save money on repairs and insurance premiums.
We are a local business. SERVPRO locations are everywhere—all across the United States. This location is locally owned. It’s staffed by team members who live in Waukesha County and the surrounding communities. But since we are a SERVPRO location, we can use the resources, equipment and training you would find at a leading-edge company. Our team brings the advantages of that partnership to the jobs we do for our neighbors here.
We’re here at any time. Beginning the restoration process quickly is an important step in getting your home back to its original state. When it’s an emergency, we’re available 24⁄7. We make sure our team is here when it matters most.
If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.
Commercial Water Damage? We are Here to Help!
There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.
How long should I expect water removal to take?
Businesses expect a time-efficient restoration of their premises. Water leaks can lead to loss of revenue, especially for those leasing properties. SERVPRO offers a commercial service that allows property managers to communicate directly with our crew chiefs throughout the service. We can provide you with informed information regarding the length of time we expect a water restoration to take. Equally, our technicians can work around the needs of your business. A space with an isolated area of water damage can allow you to keep your business running while working on the affected area.
Commercial Water Damage Services:
- Arriving on-site within four hours of notification of loss
- Institute of inspection, cleaning, restoration, and certifications (IICRC) qualified technicians
- Twenty-four-hour emergency call line
Is drying the structure important after water removal?
Our services typically cover both the pumping out of the liquid and the drying procedure. Residual moisture can be very harmful to a structure, leading to mold growth, odor, or discoloration. SERVPRO technicians monitor a damaged area repeatedly to ensure that our methods are efficient and achieving the expected outcomes. It is not uncommon for crew chiefs to return every twelve to twenty-four hours to assess our drying procedure's effectiveness. We can also put in place more aggressive drying equipment if necessary, after job monitoring.
Water Removal Equipment:
- Water pumps to remove standing water
- Truck-mounted or portable extractors for residual moisture
- Dehumidifiers and air-movers for the drying process
Water Damage Timeline:
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
SERVPRO of Romulus has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.
Now that we are in winter months, you may be using your fireplace to heat up your home. Residential fire safety is crucial, especially when you have open flames within in your home. It’s important to know that any type of fireplace, whether wood-burning, gas, or electric, creates potential danger to your home and loved ones.
Fireplace Safety Tips:
- Open a window while the fire is it.
- Be sure the damper or flue is open before lighting or starting a fire, and until embers have completely stopped burning, to draw smoke out of the house.
- Check the damper by looking up into the chimney with a flashlight or mirror.
- Use smaller pieces of dry and well-aged wood for home fire safety, avoiding wet or green wood, which cause more smoke and soot buildup in the chimney.
- Have a professional check the chimney annually.
- When cleaning a fireplace, remove ashes from previous fires, keeping levels of the to 1 inch or less for less smoke
- Check for animal nests or other blockages that could prevent smoke from escaping.
- Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear of anything that is potentially flammable.
- Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended and be sure it’s completely out before going to bed or leaving the house.
- Home fireplace safety should include keeping a fire extinguisher on hand.
Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances, your Saginaw property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in both fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO of Romulus has specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us to restore your home to pre-fire condition "Like it never even happened."
Causes of Water Damage in Your Home
Being a homeowner, you know disasters can happen. Several circumstances can be cause for water damage in your home. From leaking pipes to defective appliances, it is crucial to recognize potential water damage causes. Below, are a few of the causes of water damage in your home.
Your dishwasher can cause water damage if not properly sealed, the latch is broken, or it was loaded with the wrong soap. Make sure any leaks are immediately addressed and your dishwasher is repaired or replaced ASAP.
The same goes for your washing machine. Perform regular checks, inspecting beneath the unit as well as behind it. Make sure all fittings are securely connected, and there are no leaks underneath. If you have an older washing machine that gives you frequent issues, consider replacing it with a more efficient model.
Your A/C removes moisture from the air and that moisture can build up within the unit itself. If not properly drained, that water could be slowly leaking into your home potentially ruining the flooring and drywall and, in many cases, introducing mold, which is always an emergency water cleanup situation.
If you notice water pooling in the kitchen or bathroom, you may be dealing with a loose-fitting pipe under sink. Don’t wait to call a plumber. One leak can be a sign of other leaks in the home, too.
Clogged drains aren’t just annoying—they also cause water damage (and mold growth) if left unchecked. A clogged toilet can cause water to back up into the shower, sinks, or bathroom floor. Sewer water is extremely dangerous because it contains raw sewage and bacteria, requiring help from water damage cleanup companies.
We are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your home back to pre-water damage condition. We are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back.
Restoring Commercial Properties
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Romulus arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.
Water damage events in Michigan are often complicated with several issues that require a fast and knowledgeable response. Whether it is a small water cleanup or a large-scale event, our team works quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. We provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day, or night.
We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Therefore, when an emergency in your business arises, give us a call, and we will respond immediately. So, when an emergency arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
Celebrating the Holidays During a Pandemic
With COVID-19 still running rampant, this holiday season will be different from seasons prior. As the state of Michigan continues to have restrictions on going out to eat and hosting large gatherings, it makes it challenging for families and friends to participate in their holiday traditions. With that being said, the CDC has come up with ways to celebrate the holidays in a safer manner.
According to the CDC, celebrating virtually or only with the people in your home is the safest choice this season. If you do gather with people outside of your home, consider having gatherings and activities outdoors.
Here are more safer celebration tips brought to you by the CDC:
When Attending a Winter Holiday Celebration:
- Wear a mask.
- Have conversations with the host ahead of time to understand their expectations.
- Bring your own food, drinks, and utensils.
- Stay home if you feel sick or have been near someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
- It is okay if you decide to stay at home and social distance from others.
Hosting a Winter Holiday Celebration:
- Set expectations with guests before celebrating together.
- Limit the number of guests.
- Clean and disinfect high touched surfaces.
- Consider a small outdoor celebration.
- Have unused masks handy.
- Have a separate space for guests to wash their hands or have hand sanitizer available.
- Cancel your gathering if you or someone in your home lives with you is sick or has been exposed.
- It is okay to postpone or cancel your gather, do what is best for you.
Food and Drink Considerations:
- Bring your own food, drinks, and utensils.
- Avoid going in and out of areas that food is being prepared.
- Use single-use options such ass salad dressing and condiment packets.
- Have a touchless garbage can if possible.
Consider Other Winter Holiday Activities:
- Host a virtual celebration with friends and family.
- Schedule a time to eat together.
- Host a virtual “ugly” sweater contest.
- There are many apps that allow you to play a game virtually such as Houseparty.
- Decorating activities
- Decorate cookies or gingerbread houses with friends and family virtually.
- Make holiday cards and crafts that does not involve contact with others.
For more information on safer celebrations, visit the CDC’s Winter Holidays website.
Your friends at SERVPRO are wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!
House Fire Safety Tips
One of the biggest fears of a homeowner is a house fire. Losing all your memories and belongings is devastating and heartbreaking. Without taking following proper fire safety tips, homeowners put more of a potential risk of losing belonging and even loved ones. We have provided a few fire safety tips to help prepare and prevent for the unimaginable.
Fire Safety Tips to Follow:
Regularly Check Smoke Detectors: Smoke detectors are extremely important to fire safety and should be installed in every bedroom and on every floor of your home. Homeowners should also do a monthly routine check to ensure they are functioning and replace them every 10 years or as directed by the manufacturer.
Create a Fire Escape Plan: Creating an evacuation plan for a house fire is a great way to ensure everyone in your household will know exactly what to do and can act efficiently if a fire breaks out. Plan out exit routes, meeting places, and for any special provisions your family members may need.
Learn How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher: There are many types of fire extinguishers to choose from, so it is advised to get the type you think will be most suited to your needs. Make sure you and your family completely understand how to use it in case of an emergency.
Never Leave Flames Unattended: Because open flames are so common in households, many homeowners forget the extreme dangers they can create. Whether it is from a cooktop or lit candle, a flame can spread to other surfaces within seconds, causing a fire to break out. It is crucial to never leave one unattended for any length of time.
Establish a Closed-Door Policy: Nighttime is a popular time for house fires to break out, which is why even sleeping with safety in mind is highly advised. Closing bedroom doors at night can significantly decrease the amount of time a fire takes to spread, giving everyone in your household more reaction time once the flames are detected.
For more fire safety tips, visit the Red Cross’s website to learn more.